Powell Library

The Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center, located in the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend, comprises more than 9,000 volumes about American decorative arts, material culture, and art, with helpful staff to assist users in finding information. Special collections include rare furniture design books and the Hogg Family Collection of books.

The Powell Library is open free of charge to all individuals interested in art research.

Questions? Contact powell@mfah.org

The Powell Library is closed on Sunday, Monday, and the following holidays, as well as on the Saturday before Monday holidays and after Friday holidays. Call or email for more information.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Good Friday and Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Weekend: Thursday–Sunday
  • Christmas Day

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The Kitty King Powell Library receives generous funding from:

Mr. William J. Hill
The Powell Foundation
Ms. Nancy Powell Moore


10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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10 a.m.–5 p.m.
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Noon–5 p.m.

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Street Address
6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street Houston, TX 77007
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Mailing Address
Powell Library P.O. Box 6826 Houston, TX 77265-6826
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